Several major storm-related issues still face our school district. Superintendent Canfield, school administrators, the Director of School Facilities, and Town emergency personnel met this morning to discuss the best course of action for the days ahead.
The generator at Sandwich High School has failed beyond repair. Efforts are underway to find a replacement, but per order of the Fire Department, we can’t open the High School without back-up power.
The Oak Ridge School has sustained major water damage due to a burst sprinkler pipe. Cleanup and repair are ongoing, but the building will not be re-opened until Monday, February 25.
Electricity, phone, and internet service have not yet been reliably restored to all neighborhoods and Town and school facilities. Region-wide problems persist, affecting companies who serve the needs of the district in various ways.
Though many roads are now clear and conditions continue to improve, many others are not yet passable by school buses. Snow banks still block space and visibility at bus stops, creating safety concerns for our kids.
All these factors contributed to the decision to close Sandwich Public Schools for the remainder of this week, Wednesday – Friday, February 13-15.
Options to open school for all or part of the district were exhausted after thorough discussion.
Like many school districts in the state, we will need to make up the days at the end of the year.
While this undoubtedly causes hardship to working families, please know that many options were considered, and safety concerns took precedence.
Please pass this information on to neighbors who may not have received it otherwise.
Member (but not speaking for the whole) Sandwich School Committee